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Glencoe High School’s Team ShockWave robotics team won big at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in St. Louis last week. 

The team brought home a silver medal in the Galileo Division and was the first Pacific Northwest team in 10 years to place so high, said coach Chris Steiner.

The team also won the No. 1 Pit Safety Award for the second year in a row at the event. 

Team co-captain Hannah Fritsch said she believes the team dedication to hard work explains its success. “Our team is very optimistic, hardworking and willing to work with other teams. Good teams want to work with us,” Fritsch said.

Co-captain Steen South reflected on his final year in the program. “I really couldn’t have asked for much more in my senior year. We started the season not knowing how well we would do in our second year, but now we’re among the top 1 percent of teams in the world. This is a pretty cool way to leave high school!”

Coaches Chris Steiner and Williane Tenca credit the team’s success to the dedication of the 31 students and 15 volunteer mentors who contributed more than 3,000 hours of volunteer time to the program.

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